Kylemore Abbey

Centering Prayer Retreat

In 1984 Fr. Thomas Keating OCSO. founded Contemplative Outreach, an organization dedicated to sharing the fruits of contemplative prayer, a method of prayer that strives to develop a relationship with God beyond words, thoughts, and faith. Through Contemplative methods, retreatants will strive to feel the full presence of God in their prayer.

This silent retreat offers the retreatant a deep immersion in the silence of Centering Prayer and will feature DVD’s of Fr. Thomas to aide in the journey. Retreatants will stay in single ensuite rooms in the Notre Dame Kylemore Abbey Global Center. Meals will be provided by the on site dining services.

The retreat will be enhanced by the unique opportunity to live in community with the Benedictine sisters who reside at Kylemore. Retreatants will be able to join the daily Offices and participate in the Eucharist.

The retreat will be facilitated by the Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Dublin Fionnuala Quinn O.P. and Lesley-Ann O’Connor who serves on the global team for Contemplative Outreach.



Sunday, August 25th - Wednesday, August 28th


Arrival is from 3 p.m. Sunday, August 25th. Prayer of Vespers with the Kylemore Community will commence at 6 p.m, followed by supper and opening of the retreat. The retreat will complete at lunchtime, Wednesday, August 28th 2019.


For resident participants:

  • The cost of the retreat is €450. Registration is required with a non-refundable deposit of €100.

For non-resident participants:

  • The cost of the retreat is €100 PLUS the cost of any meals taken at Kylemore Abbey. Registration is required, but no deposit is needed.

To register for the retreat, please complete the Retreat Registration Form.


For more information contact:

Mary Carroll
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Co. Galway H91 VR90
Phone: 095 52011